A popular couplefrom Mansfield died when their plane crashed outside of Fredericksburgearly Thursday afternoon.

Donand Jeanne Frosch of Mansfield were both killed in the accident, family members said.

The plane had taken off from Fort Worth SpinksAirport.

The Gillespie County Airport manager said a Cessna 182 plane crashed at the airport Thursday around 1:25 p.m. about two miles from the airport at Hollmig Lane.

Frosch, 44,had rented theplane from Spinks Flight Center, a flight school based out of the Fort Worth-area airport.

A manager from theschoolwouldonly tell a WFAA crew that the flight wasn't a training flight before locking the doors.

The airport manager said flights of that nature aren't required to file flight plans.

Jeanne's mother said the couple would occasionally go on weekend getaways.

She said they leave behind aneight-year-olddaughter.

Friends said Don was an experienced pilot who would evenfly around the state to bring back groups of friends for their softball league in Mansfield.

He was great. Everyone in our church loved him, said David St. Pierre, a longtime friend.

The plane reportedly clipped a tree before crashing. No other structures were hit.

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